31 Dec '17, 8pm

Amphibious Ships Transformed Into Aircraft Carriers Debut in Asia-Pacific

Amphibious Ships Transformed Into Aircraft Carriers Debut in Asia-Pacific

Japan is also evaluating the possibility to deploy F-35B on naval vessels, specifically, the 20,000 ton Izumo Class helicopter carriers Izumo (JS183) and Kaga (JS184). The size of the Japanese ships is 30 ft (nine meters) shorter than the wasp (814 vs 844 ft – 257 vs 248 meters), This will practically transform Izumo into an aircraft carrier with limited offensive capability. This modification enables the Japanese naval forces to improve control of remote islands, employing the modified carrier as a ‘floating island’ refueling and rearming jet fighters operating far from shore. For its size, Izumo will be able to operate up to 10 aircraft on board. Japan also has two smaller helicopter carriers – JS Hyūga and Ise.

Full article: http://defense-update.com/20171231_lhd_with_f35.html

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